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nine

Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman,
Judi Dench, Kate Hudson, Stacy Ferguson and Sophia Loren
music and lyrics by Maury Yeston
Screenplay by Anthony Minghella
Based on the Broadway musical
Directed by Rob Marshall
website: http://nine-movie.com

IN SHORT: Lots of women in lingerie. Thank God for lots of women in lingerie. Other than that, zzz. [Rated PG-13 for sexual content and smoking.]

The original 1982 Broadway production of “NINE,” won five Tony Awards including Best Musical. Inspired by the life of Federico Fellini, Nine portrays the creative agony of famed film director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) as he battles a sever case of writer's block, while "the clock ticks down" to a locked in stone start date for the beginning of production of his new musical, Italiano.

While Contini battles his block, the most important women in his life each contribute a touchstone towards a bit of story idea, or perhaps an autobiographical bit of self-realization or something else that can trigger a song and dance number. Those women include his wife (Marion Cotillard), his mistress (Penélope Cruz), his film star muse (Nicole Kidman), his confidant and costume designer (Judi Dench), an American fashion journalist (Kate Hudson), the whore from his youth (Stacy Ferguson) and his mother (Sophia Loren).

On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Ten Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price to Nine, he would have paid . . .

$1.00

We were bored silly -- though Penelope Cruz does do a wonderful bit of fake self-pleasure in one of the film's earliest songs.

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